Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays itineraries
This itinerary is the perfect mix of both rural and urban adventure for those seeking an active, exciting introduction to Vietnam.
This two-week conservation holiday will introduce you to the flora and fauna of Indochina, including elephants, dolphins and tropical rainforest.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
The Sapa View Hotel (Sapa)
Opened in 2011, this cosy 26 room hotel blends traditional wood furniture, local handicrafts and tapestries with modern facilities: wide head showers, comfy duvets and flat screen TVs. All rooms are provided with electric blankets and this is the only hotel in Sapa to have working fireplaces ineach guest room - perfect in Sapa's cold winter months. Both the hotel's restaurant and the cafe/bar area serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and traditional music is performed in the cafe every evening. The cafe is our favourite spot to sit, with a good coffee machine and tasteful crafts made by the local Hmong tribe for sale here. The one drawback to this hotel is the lack of elevator and it's a long way up to the 5th floor! But the balcony views across the Sapa valley are fantastic, so well worth the climb we think.
Muang La Resort (Muang La)
In the remote mountains of northern Laos lies the Muang La Resort; a wonderful base for exploring the Khmu and Ikhos communities nearby.
Despite its remote location the Muang La Resort offers both well-appointed accommodation and expert guiding to enrich your stay in the beautiful and unspoilt region of Muang La. The Muang La resort is set on the banks of the Nam Pak River, surrounded by jungle covered mountains; an idyllic setting from which to absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the region and to set out to explore the local area.
The accommodation comprises of five villas, built in a mixture of wood and bamboo, providing only 10 guest rooms. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the countryside, gardens or river and features furniture made by local craftsmen. The resort is set besides natural hot springs and guests can bathe outdoors in elevated baths filled with these thermal waters. There are numerous other facilities to help you unwind including a; sauna, spa, expert masseuse and steam room. Dinner is included each evening for the during of your at the resort and you will be served a wide variety of local dishes.
Luang Say Lodge (Pakbeng)
At the midway point between Luang Prabang and the Thai border you will break your journey at the beautiful Luang Say Lodge, located on the banks of the river in the small village of Pakbeng. Set against a backdrop of mountainous jungle. the property's large pavilions of solid teak and rosewood all have beautiful vistas looking out over the Mekong River. The traditional Laotian architecture provides accommodation of comfort and character, each bedroom equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.
Panhou Ecolodge (Hoang Su Phi)
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.
Phong Nha Lake House (Phong Nha National Park)
Situated on the banks of a small lake, on the outskirts of the National Park
The Phong Nha Lake House is a great base for exploring the nearby caves and impressive scenery. The accommodation is influenced by local design and the rooms although quite simple in design are spacious and clean with views of the lake. The hotel boast a sun terrace and the restaurant serves a tasty variety of western and local cusine.